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Two weeks from tomorrow, city and borough voters will decide whether to outlaw marijuana-related businesses in the two jurisdictions. Advocates and opponents of the two ballot measures that would outlaw pot growing and sales have ramped up their campaigns in recent weeks. Some of the concerns and issues both sides raise were reflected in comments by Fairbanks City Council members last Monday as they considered an application to open a retail cannabis shop.


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The first candidate forum of the season drew 5 people running for Fairbanks North Star Borough Assembly and 2 for Fairbanks city council. The annual Interior Taxpayers Association hosted forum focused on local government’s response to state funding cuts.

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The Fairbanks City Council on Monday voted 6-0 to advance an ordinance that if approved would help city residents and businesses deal with contaminated groundwater on the city’s south side.

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The Fairbanks Police department remains understaffed, despite a recently approved hiring bonus. Police Chief Eric Jewkes told City Council members this week the substandard pay is driving high turnover and making recruiting difficult. And while a new labor contract is being contested in court, Jewkes says the short-staffed department must deal with a spike in violent crime.


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The Fairbanks City Council last night gave initial approval to a measure that would ask Fairbanks voters to consider an increase in property taxes to fill a gap in the city’s budget caused by a cutback in state funding.


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City of Fairbanks voters will consider a 5 percent sales tax on marijuana. The city council has approved putting the proposed retail tax before voters in the October municipal election.  As KUAC’s Dan Bross reports, the tax is an effort to tap unknown revenue from the new legalized marijuana business.

The Fairbanks City Council decided Monday to delay action on a proposal to add a provision in the city code to include complaints of marijuana smoke as a disturbing the peace charge. The council members decided to consider other types of odors that also could be included as nuisances.

The Fairbanks North Star Borough Assembly has unanimously approved an ordinance to regulate marijuana use. Assembly member John Davies says the intent is to clarify the evolving state law legalizing recreational marijuana.

“Clearly, what we’re trying to do is to keep the peace by having clear rules, so the referee knows when to blow the while and when not to blow the whistle,” Davies said.

Alaskans can consume and possess marijuana as of today, but not in public, and last night the Fairbanks City Council approved an ordinance setting a hundred-dollar fine for violating that rule.


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The Fairbanks City Council denied a request by city Fire Chief Warren Cummings Monday to apply for a $1.9 million grant from the federal Department of Homeland Security to help the fire department recruit and train new personnel.

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